For anyone who hasn’t been tuned in to the sports world over the last couple of weeks, Michael Sams, college football player, came out and boldly announced he is gay.
While many applaud his bravery to come out when he is entering the NFL draft, there have been debates all week as to whether people feel this will increase his chances of being drafted or if it will decrease his chances.
Here are a couple of quick thoughts from my perspective:
1) While football is my favorite sport it is first and foremost a business. That being said, each organization has to decide if it is a good business decision to draft Michael given this announcement. Will the organization now be seen as the new poster child for the gay community? While that part is not a negative, the organization wants to be known, first, for its success in the sport and anything else is second.
2) If Sams has the talent and is a good fit then, of course, he should be drafted by the right team. However, from a business standpoint, the executive team also has to consider what happens if Sams has to be traded down the line. Will the media try and spin it as though the trade has something to do with Sams being gay? Is that a risk for the organization?
3) After listening to various experts weigh in, what are your thoughts? I wonder if Sams should have come out now, after the draft, or not at all?
Was there an ulterior motive? Maybe or maybe not. Either way, no one is naive enough to believe that Sams is the only athlete who is gay. Is this a topic that should be discussed so intently?
Now that it has been announced, it will be interesting to see what happens and how it impacts the NFL as well as, other professional sports organizations.
Comment below with your thoughts and/or questions for fellow readers.